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Zuma to resign today after meeting King Goodwill Zwelithini

*To address the nation at 7:00pm

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) news can confirm that the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G. Zuma has agreed to tender his resignation to the Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete by 5pm today, Monday 5th February 2018.

This follows a meeting with King Goodwill Zwelithini mid-morning. The meeting only lasted 30minutes and this is contrary to the long overhauled meeting between the President and the ANC top six officials held at the Presidential palace, MahlabaNdlovu last night.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa...to negotiate exit of Zuma. Picture: Simphiwe NKwali/ Sunday Times
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa…to negotiate exit of Zuma. Picture: Simphiwe NKwali/ Sunday Times

SABC news can also confirm that the President will address the nation at 7pm tonight. Meanwhile supporters of President Zuma were expected to march to Luthuli House however it’s unclear if the march would still continue in light of the latest developments.

The Presidency says Monday’s meeting between the President and Zwelithini is a longstanding courtesy visit.

Zuma’s office says this gathering was meant to take place last month but is only happening now because of diary constraints on both sides.

The KwaZulu-Natal meeting took place ahead of an urgent African National Congress (ANC) gathering to discuss Zuma’s future as head of state after overnight talks with him failed to secure his departure.

Rape case against Zuma: Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says he believes the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape.

Ramaphosa was speaking during the 702 town hall on Thursday night.

Fezeka Kuzwayo accused President Jacob Zuma of rape in 2005. However, he was acquitted the following year, which later forced her to live in exile after the trial.

Ramaphosa says that while the outcome of the court case led to the acquittal of President Jacob Zuma, he also has to play heed to evidence that Khwezi presented in court.

“I know how difficult and painful it is for a woman to garner up the courage to stand up and say ‘yes, I was raped’. It must be one of the most difficult decisions that she has to make.”

So does he believe that the President raped Khwezi?

“Yes I would believe that.”

When asked the same question, ANC presidential hopeful Baleka Mbete said she doesn’t want to get into the issue, while Lindiwe Sisulu said she believes that Khwezi believed she was raped.

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